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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Masculine card share and free printables sites.

Just a quick post today to share a neat masculine card I made for my friend's son who just turned 18.

I used black cardstock for the card base. I wanted a sort of grunge look... you know how 18 year old young men are right? I wanted to have a card with the theme of dream, take a journey, and encourage him to "live an inspired life". 

I just love the hot air balloon I found on The Graphics Fairy.... isn't the image vintage and old looking? Look at that little man down there? The Graphics Fairy has over 4500 free images! I just love her mostly vintage images and her blog and gallery of ideas.

I used black ink to swipe all the edges for that vintage look... and used some free tickets that I printed off the internet from The 80's Me blog.  She has many other tickets for free printing. I have a stamp with the words Dream, Journey, etc. so I stamped on the tickets with black ink. 

I popped up the hot air balloon with some foam tape so it would stand out. My background paper was a piece I had leftover from some project, and for the life of me now, I can't remember what paper pack I got it from! Sorry............

I don't really have alot of "masculine" doo dads and blingy stuff (but what guy wants or needs blingly stuff anyway!), so for the inside of the card, I used a tag (another free one!) that I printed out from Sweetly Scrapped that says "Fly". I thought this was very appropriate for an 18 year old just graduating from high school.

I used another ticket with some stamping on it, and wrote the number "18" on a circle punch out. Of course, everything got a good swipe of black ink!

I hope this might give you an idea for a more masculine card.


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  1. Your artwork is OVER THE TOP! I really enjoy it and you describe it in such a way that card makers can really get the idea of how to duplicate some of the tidbits that a professional like you have discovered through your years of card making and teaching. And, the quality of your finished cards is perfection in all aspects. Lovely!

  2. Thank you Mary. What a nice comment! I REALLY appreciate your words. I don't consider myself a "professional" yet! Just lots of learning (and fun) going on and I love playing with paper and fabric so much. I think it has alot to do with all the colors as I love color. And I like to experiment now and then too. You should go look at my "block fill" card which is unusual and one of my favorites (look at my labels towards the bottom on right-hand column and find "block fill"). Have a nice day! Marilyn

  3. Hi, Marilyn! I so enjoyed your reading your comment today, and I'm really glad you found my blog again. Don't you hate when that happens? I didn't know you could follow my blog with Blog Lovin' unless I was signed up somehow. Shows how much I know. I just put my favorite blogs in my sidebar and get to them from there. I'm adding you now! Thanks for reading! Glad you enjoy. :)

    1. You can go to any time, and search for a blog. That's what I did once I found the name of yours. And there it was! so I clicked on "follow" and now I get your posts. You can put a thing in your sidebar that says "subscribe to my blog" or "follow me" by creating it in your layout menu. If you ever want to know how to do it, feel free to email me! My email address is on my blog on the top "email" tab. It's been a whole learning experience, this blogging business! The area you live is near and dear to my heart as I always wanted to live there. But is just too far away from my son by Vancovuer, WA, so I'll live in the area via you! I love all of your trips and the beautiful sights... but... beware of all the snow you (may) get there! I visited Colville once in March and there was 3 feet of snow!